How Badly Does Halep Want No.1?


5-time Wimbledon Champion, [10] Venus Williams will meet the current French Open Champion, [13] Jelena Ostapenko for the first time.  While this may seem like an easy victory for Williams given the practice she has had over the years of combating ferocious ground strokes from her sister, Serena Williams, do not underestimate the tenacity of the young Latvian.  Experience may be on Williams’ side; however, I have been impressed by the fight in young Ostapenko and Williams will have a battle on her hands today.

[2] Simona Halep will meet the crowd favorite, [6] Johanna Konta, who is slated to be the favorite to win this title.  Once again, Halep will have to deal with the pressure of expectation.   She has lost both encounters against Konta; however, this will be their first meeting on grass.  Unfortunately, this surface may not favor Halep.  If she wants to be the newly crowned number one on Monday, she will have to bring her top form and stay focused the entire match, something she admittedly struggles with.

[7] Svetlana Kuznetsova will square off against [14] Garbine Muguruza.  The last time Kuznetsova defeated Muguruza was in 2015 on clay. Muguruza has won their last three encounters to lead their head-to-head 3:1.  Muguruza has been a Wimbledon finalist and knows how to play on this surface.  She has been improving with each match she played; will it be enough to stop the Russian? I give the slight advantage to Muguruza.

The last quarterfinal match will be between the American, [24] Coco Vandeweghe, and Magdalena Rybarikova.  This is my pick as match of the day, two equally ferocious servers on grass competing for a spot in the semifinals.  Unfortunately, Vandeweghe lost their two previous encounters.  Can Vandeweghe turn the tables and stop the Slovakian?

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